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USC Falls From The AP Top-25 Rankings

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Not that surprising, USC cost themselves some major spots in the polls.

Through five weeks, Sark has shown a lot of mediocrity.
Through five weeks, Sark has shown a lot of mediocrity.
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Following an improbable week of college football, the most recent AP poll rankings leave the USC Trojans on the outside looking in amongst the major powers. The highlights were rather tough to swallow this Sunday morning, but the fact remains USC cost itself a prime opportunity to slide up near the top-10 overall rankings.

While the Trojans did receive some major love in the Sagarin Rankings, which evaluate strength of schedule and quality of overall performance, USC has fallen from the class of the AP Rankings. Plenty of Pac-12 counterparts lost this weekend, with six games decided by a touchdown or less, the class of Utah and Stanford complete this week's rankings which are sure to change this time next weekend.

USC's biggest rival, Notre Dame, rose up to No. 6 overall after beating Stanford (USC's best win) in the closing moments, while UCLA's offensive line cost them a win against an upstart Utah Utes squad. The Trojans next opponent, No. 10 overall Arizona, surprisingly holds the Pac-12's highest ranking and only undefeated clip.

Arizona State benefitted from a last-second leap back into the AP rankings and UCLA is holding on by a thread, especially as an upset and beaten down Oregon squad heads to the Rose Bowl next weekend for an elimination game of sorts. Well maybe not in this wacky conference which somehow still has five teams in the AP top-25 rankings.

AP Coaches Sagarin
1 Florida State Florida State Auburn
2 Auburn Auburn Oklahoma
3 Mississippi State, Ole Miss (tie) Baylor Ole Miss
4
Ole Miss Alabama
5 Baylor Notre Dame Baylor
6 Notre Dame Mississippi State Texas A&M
7 Alabama Alabama TCU
8 Michigan State Michigan State Mississippi State
9 TCU Oklahoma Notre Dame
10 Arizona Georgia Georgia
11 Oklahoma Oregon Oregon
12 Oregon TCU UCLA
13 Georgia Arizona Florida State
14 Texas A&M Texas A&M Michigan State
15 Ohio State Ohio State Stanford
16 Oklahoma State Kansas State LSU
17 Kansas State UCLA Ohio State
18 UCLA Oklahoma State Clemson
19 East Carolina East Carolina USC
20 Arizona State Arizona State Florida
21 Nebraska Nebraska Kansas State
22 Georgia Tech Stanford Arkansas
23 Missouri Georgia Tech Nebraska
24 Utah Missouri Wisconsin
25 Stanford Clemson Louisvlle
For a composite Top 25 college football ranking, visit SBNation.com